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Benevolent Society Christmas Ball: CANCELLED

10 September 2020


The trustees of The Benevolent Society have made the decision to cancel the charity’s
annual Black-Tie Christmas Ball for this year. The well attended and much anticipated
industry event featuring the NAJ Awards was due to take place at the St John’s Hotel,
Solihull, on Thursday 3 rd December.
Whilst inevitable due to the current global pandemic, the decision to cancel the Ball for
this year is disappointing for both the charity and regular attendees. The popular
Christmas ‘party’ event usually raises circa £30,000 for the charity to help individuals
who have worked in the industries that fall under the BATF umbrella and have fallen on
hard times and also those who are starting or progressing their career journeys in these
David Doyle, Vice Chairman and Treasurer said “ Whilst we are very disappointed to
have to make this announcement we must put the safety of people first and with this in
mind this was the only sensible decision that we could make having looked into various
We know that our 400 regular attendees love a good party though and so we are
undaunted, and plans are already underway to ensure that the 2021 Christmas Ball
makes up for 2020! It will be held at St John’s Hotel, Solihull on Thursday 2nd December
2021, so please put the date in your diaries!
Notes to editor:
The Benevolent Society, charitable society of the British Allied Trades Federation financially assists
individuals that have worked within the giftware, jewellery, surface engineering, travel goods and
fashion accessories industries. Registered Charity number 208722.
Contact: Laura Banner, Secretary The Benevolent Society, 07985611209


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